Monthly Archives: December 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, dear readers.  I hope 2010 is a wonderful year for you and your families!

As for me, 2010 is the year we’re getting married!!   I can’t wait.

Here’s to fabulous new year!

champagne (Source)


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Hair Trial Number One!

Honestly, I haven’t thought much about my wedding day hairstyle yet.  I have plenty of time to decide, so I am not too worried about it at all.  That being said, when my friend and bridesmaid KDoc offered to come over and play with my hair the week before Christmas, I was stoked!  Although she is not a professional stylist, she might as well be—she is so awesome at doing people’s hair and makeup and has done this type of thing for many brides she knows.  It was quite fun:

(Yes, we were rockin’ the Squirt during the process.  It’s cool.)

We hadn’t talked much about style before this, as I just wanted to see what her ideas might be.  I had mentioned the idea of a low side bun, so she rolled with it.  This is what we came up with:

Before (Please excuse my no-makeup face!)…

and After:



Side View  with the bun (Lame face, Amy!)

Overall, I really liked this style—it was a bit curlier than I had imagined, but I LOVED the way it looked in the back.  I think it would work really well with my dress too!  I think that I like styles that are a bit sleeker, though, and since we have a lot of time to play, KDoc said she would definitely roll with some other ideas as well!  I think we might work on this style a little bit, and make it a little more this:

Hair 1
A little cleaner on the front and sides but still romantic-looking. 

I also ADORE these styles (as seen on Mrs. Cowboy Boot from Weddingbee)  and would like to try them as well:

Low Centered Chignon 

Low Centered Chignon Back 
The “Low Centered Chignon”


Side Bun

Side Bun Back
The “Low Side Bun”

(Source for above four photos)

Finally, I’d love to try something really dramatic too…something along the lines of this:

Hair 2 

Ironically, I just got a set of Bump-Its (don’t hate, they’re fun!) for Christmas as a funny gift from my mom—I could totally use those here, I bet! 

As you can see, I tend to go more for smooth, sleek styles—I think they make a good contrast with my dress…but I also love how the curly, romantic style we came up with could look with the dress too.  Remember how dress shopping went though—I favored one thing but ended up with another, so maybe that’s my hair destiny as well.  Now I ask you:  what do you think?  Sleek and smooth or curly and romantic?

How did you decide on a hair style for YOUR wedding?


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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, dear readers.  I hope this holiday season is joyful for you and your families!

This is my last Christmas as a single gal, and I have to say, I am looking forward to being husband and wife by this time next year!

Enjoy the holidays, dear friends!


(Picture of the Christmas tree at Macy’s Chicago store.  Photo by me!)

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Real Wedding Recap: Nikki & JT

This past weekend, my college friend Nikki and her wonderful fiance JT finally got hitched!  It was great to spend a few days celebrating their love with them.  From the rehearsal dinner at a local bar (where the couple first met!) to their elegant hotel ballroom reception, it was a blast to celebrate their love and support them as they embark on their new life as husband and wife.  Here’s a few pics to recap the wonderful event:

The Bride’s Beautiful Dress

010  The ceremony
The couple had a really beautiful ceremony, with many interesting components.  Among my favorite was the wine box ceremony, in which the couple placed a bottle of wine, two glasses, and love letters to each other in a box, which was then sealed.  The point is not to open the box until their marriage is in crisis—if it is, then they are to open the box, share the wine, and read the love letters they wrote to each other on their wedding day.  Hopefully, they will never have to open the box—except in celebration, which they are to do when they reach their 10 year wedding anniversary.  If they haven’t opened the box by then, they are to open it at that time to celebrate!

011   012 Exchanging vows


The beautiful bride


Wedding Cake

Groom’s Cake
The bride and groom are both huge music lovers, and this was meant to be a celebration of all of the concerts they have attended together over the years.  The smiley face on the left side of the cake is the symbol for Summerfest, a local music festival here in Milwaukee, and the exit sign is for Exit 33, which is the highway exit for Alpine Valley Music Theater.  Pretty neat, no?


043  Centerpieces
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to snap a great pic of them, but at least you get the idea.  They were cylindrical vases filled with gold, silver, and white Christmas ornaments.  Placed  atop a mirror and adorned with pine, they were perfect for a winter wedding! 

Since I was running around playing coordinator, I wasn’t able to get too many great wedding detail shots…but at least you get the idea!  It was a really fun wedding and I couldn’t be happier for the couple.

Congratulations Nikki & JT—thank you for allowing us to be part of your day!


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A Quick & Easy DIY

This past weekend I, along with two other friends, was a personal attendant* in the wedding of an old college friend.  Among our various duties as attendants  was decorating the newlywed’s room as a surprise for them.

We did rose petals in the shape of a heart on the bed, had champagne chilling, a cheese and sausage platter for them to eat, and various chocolates for them to enjoy.  As a quick and easy added touch, I made a sign for the door and a few signs to put around the room.  It was a quick and easy project I whipped out that afternoon and it made a great touch on the room!

Without further ado:

002 I created this sign to hang on the outside of their hotel room door.  The fonts are Copperplate Gothic Light for the print and Chopin for the script.

003 A Close-Up

Then, I created a sign for them to tell them who decorated the room (using our nicknames, of course):


And a sign to remind them to get some food in their tummies after a long night of partying with friends and family:


All of the signs were printed on regular computer paper, then mounted on yellow cardstock, which was then mounted on navy cardstock.  I mounted the door sign on some thin cardboard we had laying around my office, then taped the ribbon to the back.  Then I mounted navy cardstock on another piece of cardboard and mounted that on the back side of the sign, so it was a pretty package in front AND in back.

The door sign (and the other signs!) was a quick and easy project that made a lot of impact.  You can bet I’ll be repeating this for our wedding!  (And the weddings of friends to come!) [side note:  I guess this point needs clarification.  I will not be repeating the room decorating for ourselves but I will be creating similar signs for our out-of-town guests to put in their OOT bags, and I may make a sign for our wedding night room as well!]

Up next this week: a real wedding recap (the wedding discussed here!) and my first hair trial!

*Never heard of a personal attendant?  It’s basically a day-of coordinator.  We helped usher guests, find placecards, pin on bouts and corsages, wrangled the flower children, fixed the bride’s bustle when needed, handled the seating chart when some placecards went missing, decorated their room, took care of the gifts and cards, and handled any other wedding day crises for the bride and groom.

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Bridesmaid Dress-A-Palooza!

Or, the post in which I show you a lot of pictures of bridesmaid dresses I like!

My maids and I have not gone shopping for their dresses yet, but it is high on my list of priorities for the new year.  As with wedding dress shopping, I am definitely going to go in with an open mind.  I am hoping to have a majority of the girls with me, and they’ll be allowed to try on everything and anything they might like.  That being said, one of the only guidelines I’ll be giving them is in regards to cost.   I just can’t justify having the girls spend an outrageous amount of money on a dress that in all likelihood, they will only wear once.  Sure, some dresses are re-wearable, but honestly, no one ever does.  As a bride, I definitely get it—weddings are expensive to be in.  I’ve been in plenty and I can’t wait to be in some more, but I know how it goes.  So, I’d like to keep the cost around $150 or less, especially since I want the girls to have matching shoes too (which will be another expense for them). 

Our wedding is going to be classic.  As in, classically elegant (read: fancy).  I’ve always thought that for a more formal affair, the bridesmaids would wear long dresses.  Keep in mind our color scheme, and picture the following dresses in a soft gold color:

Belsoie by Jasmine

Belsoie By Jasmine




Mia Solano 
Mia Solano


Raylia Designs 
Raylia Designs
(side note: this style is front runner for me right now—I love the neckline!)


Watters & Watters 
Watters & Watters
(another side note:  this is sort of the color gold I am thinking of…a bit deeper than champagne because my dress is sort of champagne-y colored)

(Source for all of the above photos)

These are just a few of the long dresses I am drawn to.  As you can see, I like them long and plain, and not necessarily strapless!  Of course, I said that about my wedding dress, too, and look how that turned out!   Regardless, I want the girls to feel fabulous and pretty in their dresses, so I think I’ve chosen some nice body-conscious styles here.  This leads me to the second guideline I’ll be giving them—no puffy ballgowns, please.  My dress isn’t  a puffy ballgown, so I don’t think it would look appropriate if the bridesmaids had a floofier dress than me (sorry K Doc, I know you love those princess dresses!  🙂 ). 

I used to think that only long dresses could be formal enough for a black tie wedding, but I am re-thinking that now.  I mean, look at these lovelies:

J Crew 1 (Erica) J. Crew (Erica)

J Crew 1 in Gold (The same dress as above, but in gold)

J Crew 2 (Lorelei) J. Crew (Lorelei)

Both of those dresses, especially the second one, could certainly be appropriate for a formal event.  I think it all depends on the fabric you choose and how you glam the dresses up with jewelry and the like. 

Either way, it is exciting to be moving forward in the planning!  We are past the 300 day mark, so things will really start picking up once the holidays are over.  I am keeping my goal in mind and hoping to have most things wrapped up by summer! 

Did you set guidelines for your bridesmaids?  How was the bridesmaid dress shopping experience?


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The Fab Blogger Award

A long time ago (err…a month ago, already.  Sorry Em!), Em over at Burning River Bride awarded me the Fabulous Blogger Award.  Once again, I have to say how honored I am and I must echo Em’s sentiments on the wedding blogger community.   Everyone is so nice and supportive and it’s wonderful to be part of a community of people who aren’t full of snark!


The terms of this award designate that I need to write 5 things I am obsessed with.  Currently, they are:

1) Daniel Silva novels.  He is SO good.  I am re-reading from the beginning his series about Israeli Spy Gabriel Allon.  If you like thrillers, you will love these books!

2) Glee.  Hello, new favorite show! 

3) Google Reader.  It has seriously changed the way I surf the Internet.  I have about 65 blogs that I read regularly and Google Reader has totally helped me to streamline the process.  If you don’t use Reader yet, go start using it RIGHT NOW!

4) Weddingbee.  I love love love love LOVE the site and read it several times a day.  So often, in fact, that I am usually all caught up with the blog posts and waiting on the edge of my seat for the next one to post.  If that’s the case, I’ll peruse the forums, commenting occasionally but mostly reading.  What an awesome community!

5) Christmas!  I love love love love LOVE this time of year.   Here’s a peak at our FOUR Christmas trees (keep in mind we live in a preeeeety small apartment):

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So thanks again, Em, for the nice award.  I think you’re pretty darn fabulous too!

And now some bloggers who are also fabulous:

My sister
Sai (sadly, she is taking a break from blogging.  I will miss you, Sai!)
My girl Sabrina
My girl Chandra


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